NB&T at Trade Shows

It’s one our favorite times of the year again, Trade Show Time! We attend trade shows for different industries and products throughout the year, but between January and February we will be exhibiting at 4 shows! If you are attending any of the shows or conventions below, be sure to stop by and see us.

NAGA logo2016 will be NAGA’s 84th Annual Conference. Their mission is “to protect, promote and sustain a positive environment in which game bird producers and hunting preserve operators can grow their businesses through monitoring and influencing of legislation, informing and educating our members on current industry trends and issues, and promoting and sustaining our hunting heritage through increased public awareness.”

IPPE 4c LogoThe International Production and Processing Expo, is also known as the International Poultry Expo. “Hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, the show focuses on Innovation, Education, Global Reach and Networking”

NWTF logo2016 will be the NWTF’s 40th annual convention. “The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.” is the NWTF’s 10-year initiative to:

  1. Conserve or enhance 4 million acres of critical upland habitat
  2. Create 1.5 million hunters
  3. Open access to 500,000 additional acres for hunting”

pheasants forever logoPheasants Forever teams up with Quail Forever to put on the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic each year. “Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.”

Which event will you be attending?

 

White Nose Syndrome – Bat Tags

fruit batDid you know, bats are crucial to our ecosystem, without them the insect population would grow out of control, and ecosystem balance would be completely thrown off? Many species of bats have been put on the endangered species list with the Indiana bats’ population dwindling down to just a few caves in the country. A contributor to the dwindling of the bat population is White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome (WNS) causes bats to grow a white fungus on the skin of the muzzle, ears, and wings. This fungus causes the bats to come out of hibernation in the winter and is detrimental to bat populations, as bats cannot survive in the winter with the cold temperatures and lack of food. The infected and healthy bats have to be tracked and carefully monitored to make sure the populations do not suffer further.

At National Band and Tag Company, we manufacture tags for bats, which help in the process of identifying non-infected bats. Our bat tags are lightweight tags that bends over the wing and don’t pierce the membrane. Click the image below to learn more.

bat tags

Gone Fishin’ – Fish Tags

For many people who are avid fishermen or just like to fish recreationally, the summer is their favorite season; the fish are abundant and biting while the weather is nice and warm. As it gets hotter, the lake starts to sound pretty good or waking up in the cool mornings to go cast when the fish are biting.

How does National Band and Tag fit into this picture?

fish tagWe make fish bands and tags to help track the fish populations, especially when it comes to recreational fishing. The fish populations in different lakes/ bodies of water are crucial to that ecosystem. Banding the fish with fish tags helps to make sure the fish populations stay in the desired range to help maintain balance in the different ecosystems. Notify park rangers/ people in charge of the area you fish in when you catch a fish with a tag or band to help track fish populations!

 

 

Sea Turtle Conservation

The Endangered Species Act states that all six species of sea turtles living in U.S. waters are either endangered or threatened and need to be protected. Sea turtle season is upon us as the weather starts to warm up and sea turtles start to nest. Peak nesting times are from June to July and one of the best times for researchers to tag female turtles is after they have laid their eggs on the beach. Researchers use these tags to track migration patterns, population, nesting habits and more. The data collected helps to monitor and improve the conservation of sea turtles.

How can National Band & Tag Company help with sea turtle conservation?

We offer self-piercing tags that are made of Monel or our special 681IC style is also available in Inconel (Inconel is a family of austenite nickel-chromium-based superalloys.) The Inconel material stands up to the harsh salt water environment and is the perfect size for a turtle’s flipper. Sea turtle tags are usually stamped with a unique number on one side and a return address on the other side (so people can contact the researchers to report a tagged turtle).

How can you help? If you find a tagged turtle make sure to contact the address on the tag with as much information as possible. The number on the tag, the date you found it, how you found it, and the condition of the turtle are a few key pieces of information. Another way to help is to keep beaches clean of trash and to not interfere with nesting turtles or hatchlings.

sea turtle tagSea Turtle Tags – Style 1005-681

 

Bird Flu – What We Can Do To Help

The USDA has confirmed numerous cases of bird flu (avian influenza) since December 2014. It’s been reported in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (migratory bird paths). The disease is not limited to any one type of flock, as it has been found in wild birds as well as backyard and commercial poultry flocks. Click here for a current map of the US areas affected.

To help curb the problem the USDA has plans in place, which include surveillance, reporting, biosecurity, movement control, vaccination and depopulation. All of these plans require diligent tracking and tagging of birds. That’s where we come in.

At National Band & Tag, we’ve been providing banding and tagging solutions for birds for over 100 years. We manufacture wing bands, adjustable leg bands and non- adjustable leg bands, as well as hundreds of other products. These styles, specifically, can be helpful tools in the quarantine, eradication, monitoring, and testing processes.

If you have questions, or would like more information about the solutions we offer, give us a call at 859-261-2035. We’d be happy to help.

Specific Products that May Be Useful for Bird Flu Prevention

Poultry Wingbands – Style 681681

Adjustable Leg Bands – Style 305A & 305ALProductTemplate_ATLAS SEAL  305A 305AL

Butt-End Bird Bands – Style 1242ProductTemplate_BUTT-END BANDS1242